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About 40% of American households have a dog. I have two. So I can say from experience that it can be a challenge to keep your house looking (and smelling) clean when you have a four legged friend. But there is no reason that your house has to look (or smell) like a dog kennel if you follow my Top 5 Tips to Keeping a Clean House with Dog(s).
I am here to show you that with a little effort you can keep your house looking (and smelling) fresh. Just follow these easy tips:
- Brush and wash your pet regularly. First, brushing is one of the best things you can do to cut down on the fur flying in your home. I suggest brushing your dog outside when possible. Second, wash your dog regularly.
- Launder their bedding. This is a big one; fresh bedding goes a long way toward the house looking and smelling clean. I use simple un-scented laundry soap (and no fabric softener) for the dog beds and blankets. Washing them once every week to 10 days seems to do the trick.
- Sweep/vacuum the floors daily. Make sure you are scooping up any and all hair or fur that is floating around. I know my dogs go the the dog beach every day and I also have to deal with a lot of sand. A swiffer also works great for a quick pass over the floors.
- Lint Rollers are your friend. These are great to have stashed around the house to quickly run over the couch or pillows (or your black pants) for a quick clean up. I also keep one in my desk!
- Wipe muddy paws at the door. This is huge! I have a mat by the door and when the dogs come in we stop there and wipe off their muddy paws with an old towel. In the Spring, we have a stash of baby wipes to clean up muddy paws. Wiping their paws is a huge help in cutting down on muddy paw prints on the floor, couch, chairs, bed and pillows. (I also have the little guy wear a raincoat to keep his undercarriage clean and dry.)
I’m sure I could go on and on with this list but I wanted to share my quick, daily routine. It really is pretty quick and easy; especially if you can do it every day. The key is to stay ahead of the mess (and smell) and by taking these quick steps daily, it can really help. I know that if you follow these tips you will be on your way to having a fresher house!
Do you have a dog (or two)? I would love to hear what you have found to be your top cleaning tips.